Sitrep: I Have Discovered Shotguns And Now I Am A Golden God

Battlefield 3

By on June 18, 2014 at 11:49 am

My lack of online aim is pretty legendary. If my squad could take my guns away and pat me on the head they would. I’ve even had DMs from random players who are like, “Bro u NEED an aimbot lul.” That’s an actual quote from a guy I got the drop on and only managed to tag once or twice… with an entire clip.

For people to actively notice you can’t shoot straight in the middle of things exploding and everyone dying? That’s embarrassing. Alone and drunk, I wandered the streets, looking for a sign. Hours upon hours of doing the only thing I’m qualified to do (absolutely killing walls) had gifted me with a surprise new killing stick: A shotgun.

I usually avoid these things, and have never used them in multiplayer. The short range (of most of them) means I can’t do my favourite survival trick that doesn’t work (running away mid-firefight), and those agonisingly slow reload times. I like being Zippy McCrapshot, you know? But I could hear people in Japan laughing demurely at me so I thought, let’s lock ‘n load this new boomstick. Nothing to lose. Does dignity go into the negatives? If so then yeah you’ve got stuff to lose but still. Cha-chik.

And abject annihilation unlike any I had ever engineered began in earnest. Nobody was spared.

Call of Duty Black Ops 2

You don’t even have to aim with these things! You just wave ‘em at folk and then girls come to your house later. Amazing. OK, so I have this tendency to go heavy on the trigger and unload the whole basket o’ shells at one person (and this usually kills someone else randomly as well, which feels very good). That means a lot of dreaded shottie reloading, the worst of all reloading. I uh, did not realise this, but: You can start shooting again mid-reload. Haha, excuse me, I just drooled and orgasmed.

The hardest part that wasn’t actually that hard: Adapting my playstyle. Years and years of playing it coy because my aim skills had long received a majority vote of No Confidence (I voted for that too) means getting in people’s faces was a bit uncomfortable. For about two seconds. Once you realise most players freak out like cats with tape on their backs when they run smack into a hail of buckshot, you realise: I AM HOLDING ALL THE CARDS. AND THEY ARE MOSTLY DEATH CARDS. LITERALLY DEATH, LIKE, NOT EVEN TAROT SYMBOLISM FOR CHANGE.

Once bit, twice unable to shoot back at you, that’s what I’ve noticed. I could get used to this (I have already). My K/D is the best it’s ever been. It’s the kind of high-risk, high-reward way of rolling that I can get with, Spice Girls-style. Basically, gun-to-gun, you win. But then you have to run away and hide in a corner feverishly shoving rounds into your thing before leaping back out into the fray again.

I’m surprised I don’t see more players using them but then, there’s a kind of relentless madness to using a shotgun that, I imagine, invariably turns men into beasts. I had already been driven to the brink by the tyranny of distance. Conventional loadouts made me this way.

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I’ve found that shotguns have been good for my overall game in bf4 Toby, I have a tendency to play too aggressively and it leads to just as many deaths as kills, it’s no fun getting 30 kills if you have 31 deaths. Using the shotguns with that reload time has made me a lot more measured with my attacks.

Unlock the slugs, same no-aim goodness within 30ft, hit like a .308 at range.

 

Shotguns are great fun, I’m just terrible with them lol

 

Shotguns have always been my preferred weapon of death in most FPS games I’ve played. My ranged aim tends to suck these days.

 

Be this man, Toby. Right down to the glorious hair and magnificent moustache of righteousness.

 
Toby McCasker

Jonathan Maloney,

Dear Diary,

Today I saw God.

 

Jonathan Maloney,

Now they’re the kind of strap-ons I could get behind!

 
jerichosainte

What sort of mouse do you use Tobes?

 
Toby McCasker

jerichosainte,

It is actually a mouse that Tim sent me when I was getting back into PC gaming! It’s an Aivia Krypton, by the looks of this fancy writing on it. It has a button on the side that turns different colours when you push it. I kind of love it.

I also game left-handed despite not actually being left-handed. What. Have always wondered if this is messing me up.

 

Thank you Mr Toby, you have opened my eyes to new possibilities. From this day forth I shall now find every opportunity to try to stick tape onto a cat.

 
ParadoxicalJoker

Shotguns in games can be a bit of a lottery.

In one game, they can be incredibly effective, even being so ludicrous as to let you outshoot snipers if you use slug rounds. In another, they’ll only be effective if you jam the barrel up your target’s nose and, even then, you’d better hope it doesn’t get deflected by a sliver of cartilage.

There really isn’t any middle ground with them but I tend to gravitate to them nonetheless. :P

 

paradoxicaljoker:

In one game, they can be incredibly effective, even being so ludicrous as to let you outshoot snipers if you use slug rounds. In another, they’ll only be effective if you jam the barrel up your target’s nose and, even then, you’d better hope it doesn’t get deflected by a sliver of cartilage.

They’re a hard weapon to balance, if they’re too strong at intermediate distances then nothing else can compete.

 

I like the fact that they didn’t make peppermill-shotguns in BF4. (i.e. the sort of shotgun that you get in most games which really cover the whole fkn screen with buckshot)

Pick the right shotgun, use flechette and a modified choke, and you actually get a very tight spread pattern that is much coser to how shotguns actually are.

Personally I enjoy the 870 alot.
A 870 with flechette and a modified choke has a rather impressive effective range for a shotgun. In hardcore you can easily kill people with one 1 or 2 shots with that beast, even at mid range!

Of course, a tighter spread also requires a bit more confidence in your aiming skill. Though its still reasonably easier than with regular weapons. ;)

 

paradoxicaljoker:
Shotguns in games can be a bit of a lottery.

In one game, they can be incredibly effective, even being so ludicrous as to let you outshoot snipers if you use slug rounds. In another, they’ll only be effective if you jam the barrel up your target’s nose and, even then, you’d better hope it doesn’t get deflected by a sliver of cartilage.

There really isn’t any middle ground with them but I tend to gravitate to them nonetheless. :P

Case in point- The pump action in Black Ops 2 in an untouchable murder stick. If you’re within 15 feet of it, just give up.

Meanwhile, you can wander in front of someone with an AA12 in MW3, and only get a light dusting of pellets past knife range.

 

Toby McCasker,
“congratulations, you have taken your first steps into a larger (calibre) world.” – Ben Kenobi

Shotguns are the most underrated weapons in the entire FPS genre imo. Like you say, adjusting your play style to suit is the most difficult thing – really it just requires moments where you suspend the sense of self preservation FPS tends to foster.

Once you get past that you enter this zen like state where a room full of dudes is a mild inconvenience; instead of looking for firing positions and cover when you see a sniper, you look for the best path TO HIM; no longer do rockets seem the appropriate response to armour – walking up to it with C4 seems the right thing to do.

Shotguns are remarkably freeing. No longer are you confined by the ‘rules’ and conventions of ranged combat, the fetters of what seems to be logic fall away and you discover a new path.

Few people discover what we have Toby McCasker.

 
Toby McCasker

ivantsr,

For I walk in the valley of the shadow of CHK-CHK.

 

The DAO-12 from BF3 was my best friend when playing on PS3 instead of PC.
See someone, shoot, they die.

 

870 sniping was just tits. So much fun people are all “oh shit they got me with an 870!?!?!?!?!?! What on earth? They were over there though?” ahhh so good.

I still prefer rifles/carbines though. I don’t know why I just got freakishly good with them thanks to CS.

 
Toby McCasker

tacitus42,

DAO-12 is light, DAO-12 is love.

 
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